- This year’s UCU Sunday will take place on September 24
By Ivan Naijuka and Michael Mubangizi
The Church of Uganda (COU) has designated every last Sunday of September as Uganda Christian University (UCU) Sunday in the whole of its province.
The designation of one Sunday in the Church’s liturgical calendar as the UCU Sunday was endorsed by the House of Bishops at its sitting on May 31, 2017 at Namirembe Guest house.
“The purpose of this Sunday is to pray for the university, to create awareness among all COU congregations about the Church of Uganda founded university with all its constituent colleges which was established by the highest and supreme organ of the Church of Uganda, the Provincial Assembly, and for each church in the province to take a financial collection/offertory for the running of the university,” reads a letter by Rev. Canon Amos Magezi, the Provincial Secretary, Church of Uganda.
Dated June 19, 2017, it is addressed to the vice chancellor of the university, Rev. Canon Dr. John Senyonyi.
Rev. Canon Magezi adds, “On this Sunday, each and every congregation in the whole province will receive a representative of Uganda Christian University who will be given time to speak about the university. Congregations will be given time and opportunity for prayer and financial support to the university.”
The letter is copied to the archbishop of Church of Uganda who is also the chancellor of the university, The Most Rev. Stanley Ntagali, the dean of the province, all COU bishops, all diocesan secretaries and provincial heads of departments. Others are the provincial head of laity, the provincial head of clergy and the provincial treasurer.
“By copy of this letter, all COU Bishops are informed and requested to inform all Archdeacons, parish priests, chaplains, lay leaders and other leaders of the Church in all structures and institutions to prepare for it, beginning with 24th September 2017.”
UCU is the only university that was started by the province of the Church of Uganda in response to a call for quality higher education with a Christian perspective. It replaced Bishop Tucker School of Theology, on its establishment in 1997.
Committee to coordinate UCU Sunday formed
In order to steer the realization of the UCU Sunday, Dr. Senyonyi has appointed a committee led by the deputy vice chancellor, Development and External Relations, Mr. David Mugawe.
The committee also has Godfrey Sempungu (Chairperson, Communications and Marketing committee,), Michael Mubangizi (Manager, Communications and Marketing) and Rev. Dr. Rebecca Nyegenye, the University Chaplain.
“I expect that the entire university community shall be involved in this task,” Dr. Senyonyi writes in a letter to the committee, adding that the committee is free to co-opt a limited number of people.
According to Mr. David Mugawe, the chairperson of the committee, bishops, council members, friends of UCU, alumni, students and even parents will all be involved in these activities to make the UCU Sunday more pronounced everywhere. “In that regard, we need prayers,” Mugawe said.